Welcome to our CBD Frequently Asked Questions section, where many common questions (that we get from customers just like you) are documented. This list will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back to learn more about CBD. Enjoy!
- What Is CBD and what Is Cannabidiol?
- Does CBD Get You High?
- Is CBD Legal?
- What is CBD weed and THC weed? Is there a difference?
- In What Ways Does CBD Affect Us Differently than THC?
- Is CBD “Snake Oil”?
- How Many CBD Mg or Milligrams Should I Use?
What Is CBD? What Is Cannabidiol?
CBD is the abbreviated, popular name for the compound Cannabidiol. CBD is a compound that is extracted from either the cannabis sativa plant or industrialized hemp. It has shown promise in laboratories and patients all over the world in many areas, such as:
- Pain caused by:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Long Time Injuries
- Gastrointestinal Disorders and Diseases
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Skin diseases
- Loss or gain of appetite
- Metabolism regulation
- And so much more
Unlike THC, it doesn’t make you feel fatigued and “stoned”, but it does give you an overall euphoric high that is similar to runner’s high. It interacts with the Endocannabinoid System, which is in charge of the body’s homeostasis. With CBD’s help, your body can fix malfunctions that could be causing you to have a poor quality of life or even a chronic illness.
Does CBD Get You "Stoned"?
For most people, CBD produces a euphoric "body high", but it doesn’t make us "stoned". Unlike THC, CBD has a way of indirectly communicating with the cannabinoid receptors on the neurons in the brain. One of the reasons patients who consume CBD report feeling a “high” sensation is thanks to the elevation of the endocannabinoid Anandamide.
Anandamide is the endocannabinoid that interacts with the CB1 receptor and is almost identical to the cannabinoid THC. When it was discovered, they actually nicknamed it “The Bliss Molecule,” because of its ability to relieve pain and cause a euphoric sensation.
When you consume CBD, your body produces more Anandamide and stops the metabolic enzymes from eating away at the chemical. This makes you feel the subtle euphoric high that has been compared to “the runners high”.
Is CBD Legal?
In America, in all 50 states, CBD is completely 100% legal if it comes from an industrial hemp plant. In recreational states, they can get CBD from cannabis plants. Marijuana plants are known for having a higher content of THC. Luckily, industrial hemp stalks are filled with CBD, and have lower than 1% of THC, making their content completely legal and safe to use for everyone.
What is CBD weed and THC weed? Is there a difference?
When you consume marijuana that only has THC, you get stoned. There are also plenty of health benefits for the right patient using THC to aid with:
- Pain relief
- Stimulating appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- And so much more!
But having marijuana that only contains THC can be very dangerous for many patients that are lacking in mental stability. This is why people who live in recreational states aren’t just getting high on their THC, they are also getting a CBD and THC combination in their cannabis. You could be doing damage to your brain without even knowing it, especially with street weed.
Patients with mental disorders or any signs of psychosis are more likely to have an adverse reaction to marijuana with high THC content and low CBD. Paranoia and anxiety are symptoms of reacting poorly to the compound and can have lasting effects even after use.
By adding CBD to your medical marijuana, or getting medical marijuana that has a higher CBD content and lower THC content, you can avoid the risks that THC can offer. CBD can actually counteract the paranoia and anxiety that THC gives you. It also makes the high less severe, which is something that some people prefer. If you are having poor reactions to marijuana, it is very likely the CBD potency isn’t high enough. If you smoke cannabis with THC and CBD, you still will get high. You just won't be so far gone you can’t tie your shoes.
In What Ways Does CBD Affect Us Differently than THC?
THC is a chemical that is found in the cannabis sativa plant, just like CBD. However, the difference is the way it interacts with the brain.
There are receptors that are attached to neurons in the brain called Cannabinoid Receptors. The primary receptors being CB1 and CB2. THC binds with CB1 in a way that acts identically to the endocannabinoid that is organically produced in the brain, anandamide.
Anandamide is an endocannabinoid that mediates pain, diet, sleep patterns, mood, and the reward system. Since THC is a stronger compound that anandamide, it lasts longer with a more potent effect. This gives you the euphoria of feeling “stoned”, the munchies, feeling drowsy, heightened senses, and activity in the reward system in the brain.
CBD interacts a bit differently. Instead of binding with the receptors directly, it activates things around them like endocannabinoids and other receptors. With its indirect conversation with the receptors, it lacks any psychoactive properties, taking away the stoned feeling. However, it elevates the endocannabinoid anandamide and stops the enzymes from making it degrade faster, giving you a cleaner, more subtle, and more natural feeling high.
Is CBD Just Another “Snake Oil”?
It may be hard to jump on the CBD bandwagon because of it’s incredulous list of healing potential. But rest assured, there is no smoke and mirrors. CBD can do so much because it interacts with a system in our body called the Endocannabinoid System.
This system is in charge of regulating the entire body. The Endocannabinoid System is the reason you aren’t always running a fever, your wounds heal, your body fights off pathogens, and you aren’t constantly hungry.
CBD elevates the chemicals that are already in our bodies and calms down the ones that are too active. It opens up pathways that should be opened that may be closed and closes the ones that were left open. It tells cells to stop working when they have met their quota and keeps neurons from frying out from overactivation of neurotransmitters.
CBD doesn’t cure everything. It just helps with anything that is involved with the immune system or the nervous system because that is where the cannabinoid receptors are. That just so happens to be where a lot of diseases are formed like Depression, Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and Eczema. All of those diseases are very different in symptoms, but the majority of their problems all lie in the Endocannabinoid System.
How Many CBD Mg or Milligrams Should I Use?
When taking medication, you should always start small ad gradually increase. Your grandmother might feel great at one dose, but your neighbor might feel better at another. Everyone is different.
It is unlawful for a company to recommend a daily dosage of a product not yet regulated by the FDA, so we cannot do that. However, there is a very general guideline depending on the symptoms you are trying to alleviate.
To begin, it is commonly suggested that you start with one drop a day. The dosage might be different from one CBD company to another, so make sure to take note. After a few weeks of the microdose, you can raise the dose to two drops throughout the day (not all at once), and gradually build it up until you have found the desired effect. There is a general ballpark in the dosage for each symptom, which is beneficial to use when deciding how much to buy to try.
*Below is a general guideline and is not intended to convey dosage. Please consult a physician if you are uncertain and before beginning a new regimen.
Mild: 60-90mg by mouth daily spread out (10-15mg increments)
Severe: 120-180mg by mouth daily spread out (20-30mg increments)
Chronic: 160-320mg by mouth daily spread out (20-40mg increments)
Appetite: 1-5mg by mouth daily
Sleep: 40-160my by mouth daily
Epilepsy: 200-300mg by mouth daily
Schizophrenia: 40-1,300mg by mouth daily
Glaucoma: 20-40 MG by mouth daily, do not exceed 40 MG as it can increase symptoms
Anxiety and Depression: 10-30mg by mouth daily spread throughout the day (3-10mg increments)
Digestive Issues: 12-36mg by mouth daily spread throughout the day (2-6mg increments)
General Health: 1-3mg by mouth daily
What Is The Difference Between Full Spectrum and Isolate?
Full spectrum means you are getting the whole plant. This does not mean that there will be THC in the product, but there will be more than just CBD. The cannabis plant has more cannabinoids than only CBD and THC. There is also CBN, CBL, CBCVA, and more. The hemp plant is also rich in minerals, giving even more added benefits.
Having access to more than just one cannabinoid can actually enhance CBD through something called the entourage effect. What this means is that CBD has been known to work better when accompanied by other cannabinoids.
CBD isolate is all in the name. It is when growers separate CBD from other cannabinoids, acids, and chemicals found in the hemp plant. In it’s purest form it is extremely well tolerated and has shown in studies to be effective in helping with pain, inflammation, mood, and general health.